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You will need for today’s service, a small bowl of water, a candle a pen and paper.
If you are doing this alone, say the Bold and normal type. If in a group assign one person to say the normal type and everyone join in with the bold type. The Italics are directions for actions within the service.
We are having a Dementia Friendly service today.
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Light your candle as you pray:
As we light this candle in prayer we ask God’s blessing on us, our family, our church and world. We ask Christ to surround and his Angels to protect us.
open our ears to hear your word
and draw us closer to you,
that the whole world may be one with you
as you are one with us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Psalm (Poem) for the Week say this aloud quietly and slowly
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Penitence where we reflect on the good and bad of the last week
Meditation on our last week:
Quietly look at your candle burn before you.
Think of the one thing that you are most proud of this week
Where have you surprised yourself with your kindness or patience
Quietly think it over and relive that moment in your mind.
Feel the Joy within you as you notice God’s presence.
Write it down and place it by your candle
Think of one thing that you are ashamed of this week.
What led to that thought, action or inaction?
How did this make you feel?
Now touch the water in your bowl and trace the sign of the cross on your forehead
Then say aloud:
Lord God I am your child my I turn away from the darkness of depression to the joy of love
The Prayer for the week:
As we understand more about dementia
and turn that understanding into action,
help us to become more alive to your love.
Whenever we walk haphazard by starlight,
may the light of your star guide us
straight into the kingdom of heaven.
The Word where we listen to the Bible Readings and the Sermon
This week’s readings are:
This week our featured reading is from John chapter 1 verses 3-5 read it aloud below.
All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Click to play this week’s sermon
Intercessions we pray for others and our world.
Spend some time thinking about situations in your life or in our community and world.
What is it in the Church that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down
What is in your family that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down
What have you seen on the news that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down
What have you heard about within our community that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down
Who do you know who is sick at the moment? Think for a moment and write it down
Think about your loved ones who have passed, Think for a moment and write it down
Take a drop of water on your finger, touch each person or situation you have written, as you do this pray aloud for each one written..
Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on us.
Thanksgiving where we say Thank you to God and bring to him all we thought and prayed about today
Listen to the choir sing, this is a hymn they sing during communion. As you listen think back over all the readings, prayers, sermon and your own life. Within you heart, say thank you to God for those things that led you to feel that deep Joy within you.
Click to listen to the Choir
This week’s challenge:
Turning our understanding into action.
The churches across Hodnet Deanery are together becoming more dementia-friendly. As a next step, Sarah Thorpe will be running a four-session course on “Dementia Friendly Churches”, looking at “Pastoral Care”, “Practical Environment”, “Church Services” and “Raising Awareness”. You are welcome to join the course!
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord
In the name of Christ Amen.
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